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By Gabriel Assouline When well written, autobiographies feel like a conversation. That rare and revealing conversation we’ve all had with a relative or  travel acquaintance. The talks that last through the night and get us pumped up about life, strike a chord and leave their mark on us, sometimes forever. This is a list of my favorite music autobiographies. Read More

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By Gabriel Assouline I had 2 shows lined up last week: Broken Bells  – the collaborative project between The Shins’ singer James Mercer and super producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley). Two nights later, I  was to a see a local band – The Franklin Electric – that I knew little about, aside from their radio single Read More

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By Gabriel Assouline   “Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero; she marks the turning point.” – Joni Mitchell In today’s world, pop star status equates “crossing over” and selling out. What “sells” and what is played on the radio, in commercials and in movies today is what follows Read More

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It seems as though music is at a point of no return. The golden age of American pop music – A time Without technology, a time where a good melody mattered more than a familiar melody, a time where an artist was a vehicle for the music and not vice versa – is long gone. Read More

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Kaytranada is a Montreal born and bred producer who’s music is a combination of hip-hop and R&B with an electronic 2013 feel to it. More importantly it’s just good. Real good, deceptively good. In his early 20s, Kaytranada has been able to develop his own distinct sound and continues to blow me away with his Read More

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For those that don’t know, I make music. I started a while back with a cheap synth I “borrowed” from a high school “friend”. You can imagine how choice my beats were…The next step for me was a drum machine that i payed with money I earned promoting parties ($1,500 – that’s devotion for a Read More

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Music almost always plays a central role in any good movie. Sometimes the music is discreet and subtle in order to trigger a certain feeling – fear, suspense,excitement. In other instances, the music is more central to the story, with a happy songs (for example) punctuating scenes and helping set the tone while getting the Read More

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A LIKKLE REGGAE MUSIC I love discovering hidden Reggae/ska songs on rock albums by otherwise “conventional” artists – especially when they are good. Today while at work I compiled my top 5 Reggae/ska songs by non Reggae artists.   1.Take it Away – Paul McCartney Taken from the Tug Of war album, the first solo Read More